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1964 Pontiac Banshee Coupe Concept: a futuristic car from the past

Pontiac Banshee Coupe concept never really reached production as it was cut off because it was deemed too similar to the Corvette. Created by John DeLorean, the Banshee Coupe was supposed to fill a slot between the Chevrolet Corvette and Camaro. It officially had the designation GM Project XP-833 and was backed by Pete Estes.

Featuring a two-seat fiberglass body like the Corvette, the Banshee Coupe was positioned as GM's counter to the Ford Mustang. However, this concept was meant to target the market for two-seat sporty cars, a proposition that the Mustang cannot meet. DeLorean derived the Project XP-833 from the mid-sized corporate A-body coil spring, live rear axle suspension that also underpinned the 1964 Chevelle and LeMans.

However, it did not feature the heavy A-body perimeter frame and instead sat on a 90-inch wheelbase steel platform chassis. It gained a fiberglass body conceived by PMD designer Jack Humbert under the corporate design leadership of Chuck Jordan.

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GM to tell Saab 9-2X and Pontiac Vibe owners no to have front passengers

General Motors Co. said it will issue a warning to some owners of Saab 9-2X and Pontiac Vibe hatchbacks in the United States not to have passengers sit on the front seat until faulty air bags from Takata Corp. are replaced.

The carmaker’s disclosure comes after the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently expanded its warning over faulty airbags manufactured by the Japanese supplier to 6.1 million vehicles in the country.

The NHTSA said in a statement that it is urging owners of certain models built by Toyota, Honda, Mazda, BMW, Nissan, Mitsubishi, Subaru, Chrysler, Ford and GM “to act immediately on recall notices to replace defective Takata airbags.”

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GM recalls 778,562 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 sedans

General Motors is recalling 778,562 Chevrolet Cobalt and Pontiac G5 sedans in North America due to faulty ignition switches that may have caused engines and air bags to turn off. Six deaths were linked to the issue. According to GM, key rings that are too heavy or a "jarring event" can cause the ignition switches to come out of the run position.

This may cause the engine to shut off, resulting in a misfire of a crash-sensing algorithm. GM said in an e-mailed statement that this chain of events "may result in the air bags not deploying, increasing the potential for occupant injury in certain kinds of crashes." The carmaker said that “until this correction is performed,” customers should remove non-essential items from their key ring.

GM has already stopped producing the vehicles. Karl Brauer, a senior analyst at Kelley Blue Book, said that more incidents could be reported as more people hear about the Cobalt and G5 recall. "GM has come a long way in vehicle design and quality since those models were produced over seven years ago," Brauer said. "Yet this is another example of how potential engineering flaws from the past can come back to bite an automaker."

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NHTSA probing 550,000 Pontiac G6 cars over brake light fix

The United States National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is probing around 550,000 Pontiac G6 cars following complaints that its brake lights malfunctioned, which could lead to potential accidents. According to the NHTSA, it received 212 consumer complaints alleging that the brake lights do not operate properly on model-year 2005 through 2009 G6s, mirroring similar complaints that forced the carmaker to recall units several years ago.

The NHTSA’s investigation only covers model years 2005 through 2008. Pontiac is a former brand of General Motors. According to documents filed with NHTSA, Consumers complained that the brake lights on the cars would illuminate even if the brake pedal was not depressed, or would not illuminate if the pedal has been depressed. Consumers also complained that the G6’s cruise control may not engage or will disengage unintentionally.

A GM spokesman said it is cooperating with NHTSA in the investigation. In September 2008, NHTSA launched a similar probe into allegations of brake light malfunctions on model-year 2005 through 2007 G6 cars, eventually leading to the recall of 8,012 of the vehicles from model years 2005 and 2006. NHTSA said that it launched the latest probe to further analyze the scope, frequency and consequence of the alleged problem.

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The world’s cleanest Pontiac Trans Am is on sale for $45,900 -- deemed to be a follow-up to the unveiling of the world’s cleanest retro Camaro. The restoration done on the 1978 Trans Am -- a Gold Special Edition model – had been quite extensive. It was restored from the frame up and it boasts of having just 11,237 miles on it. It was in 2009 that the vehicle was sold to its second owner, who then got Tom Fischer of Muscle Car Alley to complete a frame-off rotisserie restoration. At the time, the only new parts attached to its straight, original body were a new tail panel and quarter panel.

As soon as the bodywork was accomplished, GM’s Solar Gold paint was sprayed on it. The Gold Special Edition Trans Am is powered by the original 400-cubic inch V8 but was upgraded with a mild cam swap to make it produce 300hp. This vehicle has a clean and pristine look, aided with the use of the GM satin black paint in the bay. Its interior features a distinctive retro combination of Camel Tan upholstery with Special Edition Trans Am gold trim.

Each corner has an upgraded 15-inch Special Edition wheel finished in an exclusive gold snowflake. A big series of documents will arrive together with the sale of this vehicle. These include the vehicle’s original build sheet, a two page original window sticker, original purchase invoice, original owner’s manual and warranty book, an original order acknowledgement sheet maintenance records, restoration photos, ownership history, and even a stack of restoration receipts.

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Pontiac owners have mostly stayed with General Motors even after the division was shut down for good a year ago. Edmunds conducted a study and found that 39.9% of Pontiac owners who traded in their Pontiac for a new vehicle this year chose another GM vehicle. In fact, GM was able to improve its retention of former Pontiac owners.

Last year, there was much controversy when GM decided to end Pontiac. It was rumored that a disproportionate number of disenfranchised Pontiac buyers would buy a non-GM car. Its rate of retention is 8 percentage points higher than in 2010. It’s actually the highest retention rate since 2007, when the rate was also at 39.9%.

About 28.1% of former Pontiac owners chose a Chevrolet vehicle. According to Edmunds.com, Chevy sales to former Pontiac owners were very strong in January and February of 2011 when GM used strategic incentive programs to hang on to Pontiac customers. GM believed that it will be able to retain these customers by targeting their incentives and other programs at this group.

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After 84 years of existence and having sold 40 million vehicles, Pontiac is officially dead. We have Pontiac’s engineer John Z. DeLorean to thank for the muscle car that has made generations of consumers addicted to more horsepower.

Many fans believe that Pontiac’s demise was self-inflicted; however, General Motors puts the blame on last year’s bankruptcy.

The last car that Pontiac built was almost a year ago but the official expiration date is set for Oct. 31, which is when GM’s agreements with Pontiac dealers end.

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It was confirmed today by Pontiac that pricing for the 2009 Pontiac G8 GXP will begin at $39,995, inclusive of $685 destination and freight charges and $1,700 in appropriate federal gas guzzler taxes.

The G8 GXPs is the most potent factory Pontiac ever made with 415 horsepower and an acceleration of 0-60 in less than 5.0 seconds, and is equipped with a typical 6-speed automatic transmission or a 6-speed manual transmission as an option for a price of $695.

Also available is a sunroof that costs $900 which comes as an option. Concluding EPA fuel efficiency levels for the G8 GXP are 13 mpg in the city while on the highway it is 20 mpg.

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Street Legal Performance (SLP) will be resurrecting the famous Firebird Firehawk in the supercharged version of the Pontiac G8 GT. Pontiac die hards are outraged by the employment of the name Firehawk and further violent reactions can be expected by way of the sedan's styling and sticker price.

In its attempt to be retro, the Firehawk will come with a flat-black hood complete with an SLP air spoiler at the back that is painted with the same finish. The Firehawk G8 GT comes with 19-inch 5-spoke wheels in gun metal paint finish with G8 GT sports tire pack.

Power under the hood is a 6.0-liter V8 with a supercharger like that on the ZR-1 Corvette. Cold air intake and stainless steel exhaust make for improved breathing.

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Pontiac Solstice, for those who signify an interest in those niche products, thereby providing fans with hope for the models. GM is open to proposals for the plant from anyone with a workable plan. With the June 1 government restructuring deadline looming, GM is axing brands, factories and dealers just to meet it.

Both the Sky and Solstice convertible came on the scene in 2006 and became instant hits due to their performance ratings and affordable price tags.

The late addition is the Solstice hardtop which was released just last month. Both cars come with front-mounted powerplant, RWD and share common underpinnings and turbo-charged 4-cylinder unit that produces 260hp.

Read the entire article Saturn Sky and Pontiac Solstice might be saved

In a press statement that lists the 2010 model lineup for General Motors, the Pontiac brand has only the Vibe mentioned even though Pontiac will be shelved at the end of next year.

It looks like the four-door hatch, which was produced in tandem with Toyota, is the last product under the Pontiac badge. But a GM spokesman has confirmed that this is not the case, but only a guarantee that the 2010 Vibe will hit the markets. 

The fact is other 2010 models have been getting off the assembly lines from GM's facilities in Fremont, California for almost a month now, but the company has not yet fixed production schedules for the other models in the Pontiac range.

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Due to the risk of a fuel leakage, General Motors is recalling about 53,000 2008 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Saturn Ion and Pontiac G5 vehicles, which were sold in the states of Arizona, Texas, California, Florida and Nevada.

A problem has been detected in the plastic supply or return port on the modular reservoir assembly. It is feared that a fire may result due to fuel leakage that could be exposed to an ignition source.

In more cases, the leak will adversely affect the car's performance and mileage. At the NHTSA website, GM said that the plastic supply or the return port on the modular reservoir assembly may crack. If either of these ports develops a crack, fuel will then leak. When the crack gets larger, fuel will be seen dripping onto the ground.

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In order to streamline its models across its brands GM is getting rid of its poorly performing sports models. Two casualties in the GM streamlining list are the Impala SS version for 2010 and the 2010 Cobalt sedan which the company will no longer be offering.

There will still be two more models in danger of shelving for 2010: the Cadillac STS-V, the high performance version of the STS line, and the Pontiac G6 GXP.

Also in the firing line are the Cobalt SS Coupe and HHR SS Panel, but are expected to stay until the end of this year or at least early next year. The sales performance of the 470hp (350kW) Cadillac STS-V was very poor, which many say is due to its enormous $80,000 retail price.

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In an attempt to prevent Pontiac customers from straying to other brands, General Motors Co. will be providing a free maintenance program. GMls decision to shut down Pontiac will likely discourage many from buying a GM brand in the future and so it went with this different approach to attract Pontiac owners into the existing Buick-GMC US dealerships.

GM is offering four free service checks to current Pontiac owners who bought a new car or a certified vehicle in 1999 or sooner.

Brian Sweeney, general manager of Buick-GMC, said that those participating in the campaign would total to about 1 million and that all Buick-GMC dealerships in the US will be participating in this scheme as well. GM officials think that these actions will maintain relations with the existing customers and improve GM's image.

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The Pontiac Vibe crossover is included in Toyota Motor Corp.'s recall of sticking accelerators. Also included is the Vibe's sister model, the Toyota Matrix. In addition, the latest recall of 2.3 million cars due to a faulty pedal design also includes 2009-10 Pontiac Vibes, according to GM spokesman Alan Adler. GM said that it still doesn´t know exactly how many cars are affected.

Adler said that Toyota found out about the recall only seven minutes before the carmaker notified the US government.

Adler added that Toyota engineered and built the Vibes, which was built in Fremont, Calif., under a joint venture between GM and Toyota. These cars are badged as Pontiacs but they are included in Toyota's recall.

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General Motors Co. insists on the safety of the Pontiac Vibe, despite its inclusion in Toyota Motor Corp.'s sticking pedal recall. The 2009-2010 Vibes are affected by Toyota's recall since they are sister vehicles with the Toyota Matrix produced at GM and Toyota's former joint venture plant in Fremont, Calif.

In a statement made last Friday, GM said that before the recall was announced, it had received no complaints from Vibe drivers about stuck accelerators. However, since the recall, complaints had started coming in. GM said that an investigation is ongoing but that none of those cases had resulted in a crash.

GM advises any Vibe driver who experiences problems with the accelerator to park the car and ask to have it towed to a GM dealer. According to GM spokesman Alan Adler, GM thinks that Toyota is responsible for the Vibe recall since it was Toyota that designed, engineered and manufactured the car.

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According to a recent press statement concerning the updating of its feasibility, General Motors has substantiated speculations that came out the previous week that it will indeed phase out the Pontiac. GM says that Pontiac will be totally phased out by the end of next year, as part of its plan to cut down its nameplates to 34 by 2010, down from a total of 48 nameplates it offered in 2008, a loss of nearly one-third.

Pontiac will still have a year, but the other three brands, Saab, Saturn and Hummer, are not so lucky since they will be taken care of this year. GM's revised plan will see the resolution of these three brands by the end of this year at the latest and it promises to provide updates as these initiatives develop.

On the other hand, GM claims a horde of new products coming from its four core brands, namely, the Chevrolet Camaro, Equinox, Cruze and Volt; Buick LaCrosse; GMC Terrain; and Cadillac SRX and CTS Sport Wagon and Coupe. The widely-talked about speeding up of dealership closedowns has also been confirmed, with 3,605 planned to be closed down from a total of 6,246 locations counted in 2008.

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Be sure that the most exceedingly altered Pontiacs in November's SEMA Show will not be a General Motors (GM) sanctioned offering although the car should provide major backing for the ailing car manufacturer and could even enhance interest in the tuning stage for one of its top models.

The car is a completely modified 2009 Pontiac G8 fabricated and refurbished by the tuner on the rise, Neil Tjin.

For those who are unacquainted with Tjin's earlier works, the West Coast designer has created several of high-performance Japanese cars including a R34 Skyline sedan equipped with a RB26DETT GT-R engine as well as a carbon-fiber covered 240SX.

Read the entire article 2008 SEMA Show: Tjin Edition Pontiac G8 CST

Since the Holden-based Pontiac G8 ST isn't due to turn up at the showrooms before late 2009, General Motors (GM) decided to maintain the excitement with the unveiling of a supposed concept variant fully loaded with factory accessories at this week's SEMA Show.

Features of GM-accessorized Pontiac G8 ST Concept comprise of a custom red paint job with improved clear coat, lowered ride height, big 20-inch alloy wheels, leather-embellished seats with red inserts, personalized interior trim kit, G8 GXP steering wheel and shift knob with red inserts and a hard tonneau cover (a.k.a. a bed cover for a pickup truck).

The Pontiac G8 ST Concept preserve the production model's 6.0-liter small-block V8, rated at 361 hp and 385 lb.-ft. of torque (522 Nm).

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